Last week we looked at the first two parables in a three-part series. In the first parable, a shepherd leaves 99 sheep in search of one. In the second, a woman sets aside 9 coins in search of one. This one rounds out the series. It’s more intimate. A man has two sons – and one runs away. The father never fails to love his son. He waits and hopes and prays that his son will come home. When his son finally returns, his father doesn’t condemn or admonish his wayward son. He throws him a party. He celebrates his return. That’s what Jesus does when we turn back to Him.